Organizational Task Environments: An Evaluation of Convergent and Discriminant Validity
Randall D. Harris
California State University, Stanislaus
Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 41, No. 5, pp. 857-882, July 2004
The organizational task environment (OTE) construct is evaluated using a large, independent sample. A general measurement model for three latent variables, munificence, dynamism and complexity is constructed for confirmatory factor analysis. This model is then tested for both convergent and discriminant validity using a multitrait-multimethod matrix approach. The OTE model in this study demonstrates convergent validity, but it does not exhibit discriminant validity. The results of this study do not provide support for one of the key components of construct validity. Measurement issues are discussed, as well as the implications of this study for the organizational theory and strategic management disciplines.
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Date posted: July 11, 2004
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